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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 18, 2011 6:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

So it seems it DID make the news for you folks! Yeah, we definitely felt it. I was in the bedroom and everything started rattling as if it was a huge wind; I've felt earthquakes before (and everyone here thinks about them like, oh, every day since a Haiti-sized one would be predicted to flatten the city) so I went under my desk.

The door was open and I thought, well, if this isn't an earthquake, I'm sure going to look stupid under this desk. But after another second or so it was obvious. The floor was shaking back and forth. I shouted out to my kid -- "earthquake, take cover" or something -- and he went under HIS desk, apparently thinking that he'd just bought some donuts and it was a shame he'd die without eating them. There ya go. Teenage thoughts.

When it slowed or stopped we made a break for it in case of aftershocks. My husband somehow got through on the cell to make sure we were OK and say to stay outside for a while, etc. He said later it was the strongest earthquake he'd ever felt. It actually was the strongest in Nepal since 1934, which leveled Kathmandu; the next-strongest one, in 1988, killed about a thousand people, but the epicenter was closer.

Nepalis are saying it's a big embarrasment to the British embassy. (Well, worse than embarrasment, given the passersby that died when the wall collapsed.) Really bizarre that the biggest collapse would be where you least expect it.

I'm just really relieved that the epicenter was pretty far away (about 200 miles), because 6.9 is a pretty darned big earthquake, and if it were closer we'd be toast. Or rather pancakes. Haiti was 7.0 and the '89 SF one was also a 6.9. The New Zealand Christchurch one was 6.3, but it's epicenter was right by the city.



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Poster: ringolevio Date: Sep 19, 2011 4:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

Glad to hear you're all okay! Crazy!!

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Sep 19, 2011 6:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

Bet those donuts tasted good...

Glad to hear that all is (relatively) good. Prayers to all affected.

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Sep 19, 2011 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

Glad to hear you and your family are safe and sound . . . I would have grabbed the donuts too.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 19, 2011 9:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

Well, he's now using this as an argument for keeping lots of food in his room. In case there's an earthquake and he's trapped in rubble for days. Certainly we can't count on the dogs to pull us out. Did I mention that they totally failed their assigned duty as earthquake alarms? I was under the desk while one dog lounged in the desk chair. If she'd been in my kid's room, SHE'D have grabbed the donuts. Nary a peep from the other one, either, till later. Clearly it wasn't something important. Like a mouse.

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Sep 19, 2011 9:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

All creatures, it seems, establish priorities and needs 'in case of an emergency'. During tornado season here (which now can be March through September - we always get a few scary days or nights), besides the usual items we keep in the basement like batteries, crank-charged radio/cell phone recharger, blankets, boombox, a few favorite discs, etc., I've got my stash of gin, tonics, wine and smoke. If storms look imminent we grab some dog and cat food, and whatever food looks appealing to us at that time - not always the healthiest, survival-minded options - so the donuts make perfect sense to me. You don't get that advance warning for earthquakes, though, so I can see your son's point in wanting the stash . . . any excuse for storing food in one's bedroom at that age is probably worth his pursuing.

I bet had things been worse in your immediate space, the dogs would have acted differently and been there for you. The times when we've had straight line winds and tornadoes go over, the dogs and cat seem to know when it's time to take cover. they resist any early attempt to head for the cellar - in fact they look at us like we're crazy - but when the old house starts snappin' and howling, they are down the stairs in a flash.

Let's hope there aren't any sizeable aftershocks, and that the search for victims yields a minimum of casualties. take care.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 19, 2011 9:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

Teenagers exploiting opportunity w/ doughnuts and other nutritious snacks?!
Stupid question, but doughnuts in Katmandu? Please don't tell me there is a Dunkin' Donuts there.

As far as the dogs, are you planning to have a sit down with them? I mean, talk about falling down on the job. Where were the picked up ears a minute before the earthquake and the immediate searching for each human and licking their hand in love.

Terrible segue (Samba-> Wave to the Wind)

Have the poor been hit hard?

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 19, 2011 10:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

No Dunkin Donuts. Local hole-in-the-wall shops, which are probably more of a health hazard than yesterday's earthquake, but I'm not going to get all neurotic. We iodize salads and fruits and all, but if he wants to share his allowance with the local donut makers, well, he gets to practice his language skills at the same time. A good deal is had by all.

I have lectured the dogs. They appeared to listen. Let's hope so.

There's really no visible impact ... no piles of rubble or anything (beyond the normal third-world cityscape, that is), though I'm sure those that exist have been photographed. In a severe earthquake (or closer epicenter), I think it would hit everyone, rich and poor and middle class, cuz everyone is in a crappily built house and/or goes out in the street around other crappily built buildings. That's the case everywhere in the third world (Haiti, Pakistan, India, etc), which is why you get those horrible death tolls.



This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2011-09-19 17:24:49

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Sep 19, 2011 10:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

look at the projected number for india...... http://news.dunkindonuts.com/dunkin+donuts/dunkin+donuts+news/dunkin+donuts+opens+3000th+international+restaurant.htm .... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jubilant_FoodWorks

This post was modified by RBNW....new and improved! on 2011-09-19 17:39:59

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Sep 20, 2011 6:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

Maybe it's superstition, but I think the animals know. When we prepared a couple of weeks ago for the hurricane-that-wasn't, the cats were completely unperturbed the whole time, and of course, nothing happened. One of my cats is generally terrified of storms, and this one didn't faze her in the least, so I figured she knew it wasn't going to be truly dangerous. (At least for us; I realize it caused a lot of problems elsewhere.)

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Poster: wineland Date: Sep 19, 2011 10:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

My son would be thinking the same. Glad to hear your family made it through safely.

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Sep 18, 2011 11:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

Glad to know everything's alright!

I'm sorry for the people who lost their lives though. Seems like it was quite an ordeal, (the biggest since 1934!) but it sounds like from your quick thinking you have good earthquake preparedness?

This post was modified by clementinescaboose on 2011-09-19 06:32:03

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 18, 2011 7:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

Good to hear you're ok.

Why don't you guys tell India to "back off!". Thats a lil geology joke. If you dont get it I'll explain.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 18, 2011 7:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

Oh ha ha. That's funny. People here blame India for many problems, but I've never heard that one before. It may catch on. (Even the earthquakes are India's fault! And certifiably true, too. Darned interlopers, always pushing Nepal around.)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 18, 2011 9:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

Glad to know everything's relatively okay...

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Sep 18, 2011 8:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

;)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 18, 2011 9:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

It's really South Africa's fault (har?) cause they sent them packing...

;)

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Sep 19, 2011 12:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

Wow, talk about apartheid. I'd say to split the difference. (Double har?) I think I'll lobby to change the name of whatever the fault is called to the Indo-Colonial Fault.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 18, 2011 8:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

Ever since they slammed into Asia!

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Sep 18, 2011 11:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: India/Nepal 6.9 Earthquake...hope you're safe and sound AltheaRose!

niiiice!